Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology Presented Today

David C. Levin, M.D.

Shift in Focus Will Make Radiology a High-value Specialty

Radiology faces many threats, ranging from commoditization and declining reimbursements to the perception that much imaging is unnecessary. Countering the threats means moving from the current volume-based practice model to a value-oriented one, says David C. Levin, M.D., who will present today's Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology, "Transitioning from Volume-Based to Value-Based Practice: A Meaningful Goal for All Radiologists or a Meaningless Platitude?"

Dr. Levin, a preeminent expert in health policy and practice, calls on radiologists to become true consulting physicians who actively assess the appropriateness of imaging requests, more closely supervise performance of the studies and do better at communicating results to patients. With these changes, says Dr. Levin, within five years radiology could be considered a high-value specialty more helpful to patients and referring physicians than it is at present.

Dr. Levin is professor and chairman emeritus of the Department of Radiology at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. His recent research has focused on the utilization and costs of imaging procedures, the effects of self-referral and practice patterns in imaging. Dr. Levin established the Jefferson Center for Research on Utilization of Imaging Services. In 2008, an endowed chair was established in his honor at Thomas Jefferson University, renaming the chair of the Department of Radiology as The David C. Levin Professor and Chair of Radiology.

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